Ben has been instructed in serious criminal defence work for over 30 years and instructed as a leading junior since 2006. He has been instructed in numerous S28 cases and is familiar with GRH and ensuing hearings.
Ben has lectured on the provisions of S 41 YJCE Act 1999 and was the first speaker at the Carmelite Lockdown Lectures in 2020.
Murder & Manslaughter
Ben has been instructed as junior counsel in homicide matters since 2000. He has been involved in a number of prosecutions brought under Operation Trident and general murder allegations.
Ben is fortunate to have a wide base of professional clients that provide a huge variety of work which he enjoys. His wide ranging experience, means he advises and represents in cases involving death by dangerous driving, death by careless driving, arson with intent to endanger life, kidnap and extortion.
He represented Jerome Chauris who closed down Gatwick Airport BBC News. Jerome Chauris cleared after Gatwick security alert. He also acted for Sharon Day who was accused of defrauding her employee, and was acquitted. Ben represented a pensioner who was discovered to have an enormous hidden stash of weapons in his house which was only discovered as his house was burned down by accident, press coverage can be found here.
Ben has been instructed in a very wide range of sexual offences. He has completed the vulnerable witnesses program and is accustomed to dealing with very young complainants in sexual cases, the youngest being a child of 4 years, to those complainants in historic offences.
His clients have included religious leaders, professionals and the former treasurer of the Paedophile Information Exchange, Charles Napier, who pleaded guilty to the historic abuse of 23 boys between 1967 and 1983. (The Guardian and BBC News). He is often required to undertake cross examination of the very vulnerable and very young – the youngest being 4 years old – and is accustomed to historic cases with the accompanying legislative changes. Ben is very familiar with Section 41 applications.
Ben has been instructed as leading counsel since 2004 in cases brought by SOCA, NCA and other similar agencies.
Notable Crime cases
R v Barnett & others  Snaresbrook Crown Court
An attempted murder where members of a north London gang smashed their way into a house in Enfield and discharged a shotgun from 18 inches from someone they believed to be a rival. It was a case of mistaken identity. The case featured substantial and disputed gang material and drill music videos, telephone and ANPR material.
R v Roman Lada  Luton Crown Court
A Polish lorry driver charged with conspiracy to supply guns and class A drugs in industrial quantities. Every other co- defendant pleaded guilty to a variety of charges leaving RL alone to stand trial where he was acquitted of the importation counts and found guilty of the attempted removal of some £500,000 hidden in his cab. The case featured extensive surveillance and disputed police evidence.
R v Wainwright & others  Bradford Crown Court
A 10-week trial involving a group of friends torturing and murdering an associate whilst filming their behaviour. W had a number of mental health and learning difficulties and required a considerable amount of time and patience to go through a very substantial and serious case.
R v Alowooja & others  Luton Crown Court
A stabbing between two drug dealers with the defendant attempting to burn his clothes and dispose of the murder weapon. A number of very substantial disclosure issues arose during the proceedings which entailed some very detailed telephonic scheduling.
R v Buta & others  Warwick Crown Court
Three 15-year-old boys stabbed another 15 year old over 70 times. The case featured extensive CCTV footage and was the subject of a television documentary program “Forensics ;The Real CSI” on BBC2. B was an exceptionally vulnerable defendant because of his age. He had been remanded just at the start of COVID and had been deprived of any family access and as such required a huge amount of assistance in dealing with the case. The Crown had served a number of area of evidence late which were successfully argued as inadmissible.
R v F  Northampton Crown Court
Defended in a multi handed attempted murder by shooting case which after disclosure issues were raised resulted in the Crown dropping all counts against his defendant.
R v Alshalally  Warwick Crown Court
An attempted murder case involving a drug dealer lured a rival to a remote village and shot him at point blank range with a shotgun. The case required careful examination of co-defendant who attempted a cutthroat defence.
R v B 
Represented the young, male defendant, B, accused of murder and who gave evidence on his 16th birthday. He was acquitted of murder.
R v Clark and others  Central Criminal Court
Represented the defendant accused of xxxxx. Previously represented the client in 2006 in a previous matter. He was acquitted on both occasions.
R v Coy and others  Liverpool Crown Court
R v Clark and others  Central Criminal Court
R v Patterson and others  Central Criminal Court
R v White and others  Central Criminal Court
R v Masagazi and others  Central Criminal Court
Operation Rain  Warwick Crown Court
Represented Alshalnlay, the first defendant in a three handed attempted murder. The defendant shot the victim with a sawn-off shot gun at point blank range.
R v Hanif  Stafford Crown Court
Unlawful sexual intercourse against a vulnerable schoolgirl by defendant with similar previous conviction and substantial educational needs, entailing substantial legal argument to exclude previous convictions.
R v Hartley  Preston Crown Court
An historic rape against multiple complainants. The son of the owner of an orphanage carried out serious sexual assaults and rapes on three children in the 1970’s. The complaints were now some 40 years old and there was evidence of collaboration between the complainants that required sensitive cross-examination.
Former teacher jailed for 15 years after historical sex abuse on three boys
Sex abuser jailed for 15 years after wrecking boy’s life Sexual Offences.
Soldier jailed for raping young girl
Armed forces veteran jailed for seven years for sexually abusing young girls.
Preston children home's abuser is caged
A former Army sergeant who raped and abused vulnerable youngsters was jailed for 13 years.
Nottinghamshire man jailed for 25 years
Found guilty of 24 sexual offences against three children and five cruelty offences following a 10-day trial.
R v N and others  Wolverhampton Crown Court
Represented first defendant in gang accused of 21 counts of rape alleged by vulnerable 15-year-old who was in foster care with mental health issues. All defendants were acquitted.
R v Watts  Reading Crown Court
A man who was recently acquitted of raping his wife was then accused of rape by his 9-year-old step daughter. Acquitted.
R v Ufot  Croydon Crown Court
Acquitted of 11 counts of rape against his stepdaughter.
R v Campbell  Northampton Crown Court
Acquitted of multiple counts of rape against two women.
R v Ahmed and others [2018 and 2019] Birmingham Crown Court
Substantial drug importation that went to a second retrial involving family members that attempted cut throat defences and allegations of jury tampering.
R v Langley  Southwark Crown Court
Importation 40 kg cocaine.
R v Kavac  Harrow Crown Court
Importation 35 kg heroin.
R v Rosserro  Southwark Crown Court
Importation 75 kg cocaine.
R v Duzgun  Snaresbrook Crown Court
Importation 30 kg heroin.
R v Burke 
Liverpool CC a £60 million operation described by SOCA as “the most sophisticated they had ever investigated”.
R v Mohammed  Birmingham Crown Court
Importation 75 kg heroin.
R v Babo  Reading Crown Court
470 kg of cocaine Currently instructed in Operation Camper, Toulouse and Grubless in Birmingham and Derby.
R v Dann and others  Bristol Crown Court
Investigation into an alleged notorious criminal who was accused of supplying firearms by the NCA Organised Crime.
R v Clark and others  Guildford Crown Court
Father and son charged with armed robbery.
R v Haslam  Sheffield Crown Court
14 counts of armed robberies at Post Offices.